Confusion over Draymond Green technical foul lights up social media

Esther Moore
June 13, 2017

So Steve Kerr, who played with the dynasty Bulls and whose Warriors entered Friday's Game 4 of the NBA Finals one win from a 16-0 postseason, upped the sarcasm meter when he heard the latest digs about his team being unworthy against those from the past.

Draymond Green walked right up then didn't take a step backwards - literally or verbally - in front of a dozen cameras and many more reporters packed into a tiny room, and his relaxed, wry grin underlined everything he said.

In fact, ABC's Doris Burke confirmed during the broadcast that scorers' table thought the first tech was Draymond's up until the refs corrected them after his second technical.

After the game, Green said of Cleveland fans, "I don't pay much attention to anybody in Cleveland, honestly". 1-100, and embrace every rowdy moment of it. "And I love y'all".

And while most teams would prefer not to live on the edge, the Cavaliers seem to thrive there.

"That's it?" Green said.

"I'm sure it will come", Green said.

Game 4 of the 2017 NBA Finals featured a whole lot of confusion - and an absolute mess - thanks to the officiating crew.

Green's history with Cavs fans goes back to a year ago when he was suspended for Game 5 of the series for swiping at LeBron James' groin area after James stepped over him.

The Warriors lost Game 5.

The Cavs were also well aware that in the final minutes of Game 3 that Stephen Curry stopped on the floor and squatted in what many perceived to be an insulting gesture. "I mean, they be at home thinking about me".

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And all of this was the subtext of Friday night's one-man postgame performance after the Warriors' first loss of the playoffs.

"At the end of the day, the series is a little different". "When we've got guys - like Steph [Curry], Klay [Thompson], me, [Kevin Durant] - picking up two, three fouls in a hurry, it's tough to bring the physicality".

"Last year was last year, this year is this year", said Kerr.

However, the halftime boxscore listed the first technical on Green. Well, because it is. "They don't seem to be the sharpest people around". "It's part of the game, I understand that, but we knew what we were faced with".

This year, the Warriors are going into Game 5 with the same 3-1 lead.

Was it over the top? However, after being suspended from Game 5 of last year's Finals, the Warriors forward has made it his mission to receive fewer techs.

When Green picked up what appeared to be his second technical, the Cleveland crowd got even more boisterous and the obligatory arena songs for a player being ejected blared. He's hitting just 35.6 percent of his field-goal attempts overall and has knocked down just five of 20 shots from deep.

This is the way Green approaches the game.

The Warriors lost Game 5 a year ago when Green was suspended, then he came back for Game 6 with a relatively pedestrian (for him) 8 points, 10 rebounds 6 assists, 3 for 7 shooting in 41 minutes in Cleveland's 115-101 victory to tie the series. He then threw a barb in the direction of Cleveland fans.

It's also why, despite all of the inevitable talk about how Golden State collapsed and lost the title a year ago after going home with a 3-1 lead, Green knows there's one key difference between then and now.

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